By Stevie Connor
Cool New Happenings At BRR
Hello to all, what a week !
I have been busy updating and migrating content from our old platform to the new website, and am pleased to say we are on track for some fantastic things that are about to happen in the first week of August.
I'll give you an idea of what lies ahead....
New Radio Shows and Lots of Brand New Music to Both our Radio Station Channels
Commencing the first week in August we are making some radical changes to the schedule on the Discover channel, as the name suggests the channel is for new music to be discovered. When we created the platform just under a year ago, we had intended to air only single track playlists, at the same time we were creating many exclusive shows that could only be heard on the Essential channel.
What happened was that all the syndicated shows were moved across from the Essential channel to the Discover Channel, the more I listened to these shows recently I realized that unintentionally it had become home to shows that can be heard on many other platforms, and the real reason the channel had been created had become a secondary thought, I take the blame entirely for that.
So, I decided that from the first week in August the Discover channel will no longer air syndicated shows, instead it will be a showcase of brand new music, single track playlists from albums just released, featured artists, and featured albums from Canada and around the world, music will be rotated on a bi-weekly to monthly basis giving artists music the chance to be heard by a large audience.
Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to 11 radio shows, some have become favourites on the channel, but we need to stick to our mandate of creating unique content to our network, with Live shows and fantastic playlists.
We do wish the radio hosts who have allowed us to air their shows the very best for the future with their syndications.
The Essential channel has some amazing news too, there are more LIVE shows coming to the schedule and more shows with unique content. I am already sourcing two or three shows which will be exclusively aired by us and the music mix is going to be amazing, perfect for the Blues & Roots Radio platform.
Recently we have gone LIVE with Roots and Fusion, Radio Nowhere and Finnegan's Wake, all bringing in huge listening figures, it seems our audience are loving the Live interaction with the hosts, a win win. We intend to go live with two more shows in the coming month with another two or three in the wings waiting for their turn, it's the way ahead.
The Essential channel will carry around fifty radio shows all playing independent artists from around the world, our listenership has taken a huge leap too with the introduction of the new platform, there are many great reviews coming in telling us that it's a fabulous addition, so we are extremely pleased that it has been received in this way, we have more content to add, but I can't tell you what it is yet.... I am no good at keeping secrets !
We offer not only radio shows, but many reviews, blogs and reports from festivals in Canada, the UK, Australia and the USA, we are lucky to have some amazing writers contributing articles to the platform from award winning artists like Kat Goldman, Derek Downham and Paul Long to industry professionals like Neil King, Rick Stuart, Ken Wallis and more.
Check out our Blog page HERE
Check out our Album Review page HERE
If you are a regular listener you will know the quality that we bring to the output at the station is top shelf, as if it couldn't get any better, we have managed to find some amazing new shows that we know you are going to love. I will be able to tell you more about them next week once we finalize airing days and times with the hosts.
If you are reading this for the first time, take a few moments and check our schedule page out HERE
There are many amazing shows playing a vast mix of genres, try Unsung and on The Side with Carolyn Fe ( Montreal, Canada ), Blues & Roots Connections with Paul Long ( England, UK ), HeartBeatTrue Radio with Ken Stearns Florida, USA ), The Lost Highway with Craig Mills ( Toronto, Canada ), Rhizome with Glen Morrow ( Melbourne, Australia ) or even my show Under The Radar ( Mississauga, Canada ), I guarantee you'll love the mix.
One last very cool thing, spread the word and tell your artist friends, you heard it here first.
I will be picking 15 tracks each month to be featured on the Discover channel ' Unearthed ' playlist, this one hour playlist will be aired multiple times across time zones daily only on the Discover channel.
More details will be released next week and watch out for the announcements and social media activity.
You can find us on Twitter HERE
and on Facebook HERE
More information next week, thanks for all your support
Until then, happy listening